July 10, 2024
How to Choose an Eco-Friendly HVAC System For Your Home

If you’re like most homeowners in Champaign, IL, you already know there is a strong correlation between energy efficiency and reduced utility costs. A highly energy-efficient system will also use less fossil fuels or eliminate your reliance on them completely, reducing your household’s carbon footprint. However, choosing the right eco-friendly HVAC system can feel overwhelming due to the many available options.

High-Efficiency Air Conditioners and Furnaces

Modern high-efficiency air conditioners and furnaces are significantly more efficient than their older counterparts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing an older furnace or air conditioner with a high-efficiency model can reduce energy consumption by up to 50%. High-efficiency air conditioners use advanced technology to maximize cooling while minimizing energy use, often featuring higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings.

Similarly, modern furnaces with high AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings can convert up to 98.5% of the fuel they consume into heat, compared to older models that may only convert 60% to 70%. This substantial improvement reduces energy costs and lowers greenhouse gas emissions, making high-efficiency units a smart choice for eco-conscious homeowners.

Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps are an excellent option for those looking to transition to a more energy-efficient HVAC system. These systems work by transferring heat from one location to another. In the summer, heat pumps absorb heat from inside your home and release it outside, effectively cooling your home. During the winter, they extract heat from the outside air and bring it indoors to provide heating.

One of the primary benefits of heat pumps is their energy efficiency. When in cooling mode, they are comparable to the high-efficiency air conditioner models available regarding energy consumption. However, when heating, they are significantly more energy efficient than fossil-fuel-burning furnaces. This is because they move heat rather than create it. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests a heat pump can reduce electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating, such as electric furnaces and baseboard heaters. They can provide up to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy they consume.

When transitioning to a heat pump, it can be incorporated into your current ductwork, making the switch straightforward. Additionally, they provide both heating and cooling, eliminating the need for separate systems to keep your home comfortable in different seasons. This dual functionality saves space and reduces the complexity of maintaining multiple systems.

Size Matters

Determining the correct size HVAC system begins with a professional load calculation. Factors considered include the square footage of your home, the type and quality of your insulation, the number of windows you have, and how many people live in your home.

Homeowners often are tempted to install an oversized system, thinking it will provide better performance. However, properly sized systems operate more efficiently, maintain a more consistent indoor temperature, and have a longer life span than their oversized counterparts.


Traditional HVAC systems use refrigerants that harm the earth’s ozone layer. Look for systems that use refrigerants with a lower environmental impact, such as R-410A. Not only are these modern refrigerants better for the environment because they do not deplete the ozone layer, but they also operate at a higher pressure level, which promotes greater efficiency. As an added bonus, as regulations continue to evolve, choosing systems with eco-friendly refrigerants ensures that you’ll be in compliance with future mandates.

Smart Thermostats

Upgrading to a smart thermostat is another consideration when transitioning to an eco-friendly HVAC system for your home. Many models use algorithms to learn your family’s daily routines and adjust the temperature accordingly, reducing energy use. The apps they come with also provide energy use reports. This information can be used to determine if your energy-saving efforts are effective.

Incentives and Rebates

Investing in a high-efficiency HVAC system can be costly. However, incentives such as tax credits are often available for homeowners who choose to install an eco-friendly heating and cooling system. This can decrease the upfront costs. Check with your utility provider to see what’s available in your area.

Contact the Pros

At Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we have been serving the residents of Champaign, IL and the surrounding areas since 1952. We install, maintain, and repair heating and cooling systems. Additionally, we provide indoor air quality and sheet metal fabrication services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced team members.

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